Johnson returns to Lions' starting lineup

Updated: November 8, 2009, 3:40 PM ET
Associated Press

Calvin Johnson


SEATTLE -- Dynamic wide receiver Calvin Johnson is in the Detroit Lions' starting lineup for the first time in almost a month.

Coach Jim Schwartz had said his "special" target would be a game-time decision Sunday against the Seahawks. He is active for the first time since he injured his right knee on Oct. 11 against Pittsburgh.

Johnson has 20 catches of 25-plus yards the last two seasons, second most in the NFL. The 6-foot-5 receiver has a huge size advantage on Seattle's smallish secondary.

Starting defensive tackle Grady Jackson was inactive for the first time this season. Detroit had listed him as probable with a knee injury, though he did not practice Thursday or Friday.

Seattle was relatively healthy, given it's had 12 starters miss at least one game to injury.

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